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Duane Leland Capper

March 5, 1979 — February 3, 2024

Springfield

Duane Leland Capper, a man known for his unwavering love for his family, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 3, 2024, in Springfield, Ohio. He was born on March 5, 1979, in the same city where he spent his entire life. 

Duane attended North High School and graduated in 1996. After completing his education, he embarked on a long and fruitful career. For two decades, Duane dedicated himself to Bob Evans Farm before their move to Texas. He found a second home at Navistar, where he faithfully served for over nine years. Duane's exceptional problem-solving abilities earned him the reputation of being able to fix anything that was put in front of him.

Duane had an unparalleled wit and could effortlessly bring smiles to those around him with his jokes. Though he may have been a man of few words, his bear hugs conveyed immeasurable warmth and affection. Family always took precedence for Duane, and his dedication knew no bounds.

In his leisure time, Duane found solace in the great outdoors. Fishing and hunting became cherished pastimes for him as he sought tranquility amidst nature's embrace. Additionally, Duane had a love for the Dallas Cowboys, finding joy in cheering them on during their triumphs on the football field. His time spent inside the house was never without his 2 French bulldogs Brutus and Bella, whether by his side or in his lap. 

Cooking was another passion that Duane cultivated with love and care. He learned this art from his mother and soon became adept at preparing mouthwatering dishes. Pizza held a special place in Duane's heart, and he never hesitated to order one, even if he had just finished a meal. 

Duane's athletic talents were not limited to the kitchen; he played baseball and basketball during his formative years. As an adult, he joined the Navistar softball team, where he displayed his sportsmanship alongside his colleagues. Duane had a deep appreciation for music and found solace in the timeless melodies of old-school rock 'n' roll and country tunes.

Duane leaves behind a loving family, beginning with his devoted wife Melissa (Thornsbury), who stood beside him for 30 memorable years. Their journey together spanned three decades, filled with love, laughter, and unwavering support. Together they raised two children who held a special place in Duane's heart: Tyler Thornsbury (Tim Roberts) and Tara Capper.

The arrival of Paisley Marie Crable brought immense joy to Duane's life. As his granddaughter, she became the apple of his eye. Duane cherished every moment spent with Paisley and took immense pride in watching her grow. His love for cooking was passed down to her and the moments they spent together in the kitchen were priceless.

In addition, he leaves behind his mother-in-law, Sherry Thornsbury; brother-in-law, Newt Thornsbury III (Pam); niece and nephew, Sophia and Hunter Thornsbury; special cousins Shawn and Corey Reed; as well as several other cousins and extended family members. 

Duane was preceded in death by his parents Leland "Duane" Capper and Darlene Marie Capper; uncles, Kenny, Doug and Pete; Aunt Delores; grandparents, Leland and Mae Capper; and father-in-law, Newt Thornsbury, Jr.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 4-6p.m. at Jackson Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center. Service will begin at 6p.m. with Pastor Rick Clos officiating. Condolences may be expressed to his family by visiting www.jacksonlytle.com.   

 

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Visitation

Thursday, February 8, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Jackson Lytle And Lewis Life Celebration Center

2425 N Limestone St, Springfield, OH 45503

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Funeral Service

Thursday, February 8, 2024

6:00 - 6:30 pm (Eastern time)

Jackson Lytle And Lewis Life Celebration Center

2425 N Limestone St, Springfield, OH 45503

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